Pan-Fried, Boneless, Skinless Crispy Chicken Thighs

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Using boneless, skinless chicken thighs doesn’t mean you have to forego delicious, golden-brown crispy chicken! Pan-frying the chicken thighs on the stove top quickly over high heat ensures a gorgeous brown, crispy crust and juicy, tender meat. 

The Best Ever Boneless, Skinless Crispy Chicken Thighs

Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are inexpensive, quick to cook, healthy and so much more delicious than chicken breast—we can’t understand why this cut of chicken isn’t more popular. Really, we should just be grateful that it flies under the radar, because that means it still so budget-friendly! If you’ve never cooked boneless, skinless chicken thighs, it’s time to hop on the bandwagon! Our easy, quick boneless chicken thigh recipe is one we’re sure you’ll make again and again. 

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How To Cook Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs: 

Crispy chicken thighs can easily be achieved even if you’re using boneless, skinless chicken! The key is cooking the chicken thighs on the stove top, rather than in the oven (as you might with skin-on thighs). Pan-fried chicken thighs cook really fast and need almost no prep—about 15 minutes, start-to-finish. Here’s best way to cook chicken thighs in a pan: 

  1. Pat your chicken thighs dry with a paper towel. 
  2. Heat your oil on high until it begins to smoke. 
  3. Add the chicken thighs and leave them alone! No turning, no futzing. 
  4. After five minutes, turn the chicken over and the heat down to low.
  5. When their internal temp is at 170°F, remove your perfectly crispy chicken thighs from the pan—they’re done! 
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Pan-Fried Chicken Thighs: Safety First! 

Before you do anything else, take a moment to use a paper towel to really thoroughly dry your chicken thighs. We can’t emphasize enough how important the drying step is to making pan-seared boneless chicken thighs. Drying the meat ensures minimal splatter—we can’t promise zero splatter, so do be careful and shoo the kids away from the stove—when you add them to the super hot oil. 

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How Long Do You Cook Chicken Thighs On The Stove?

Chicken thighs naturally have more fat than chicken breasts, so they’re less likely to dry out, even if you overcook them a bit. Yay! That said, just-done crispy chicken thighs are always more delicious than over-done. The initial five-minute pan-sear is what makes the chicken thigh crisp, so don’t mess with that. But, after you turn the chicken, you can begin to watch for signs of doneness. When the chicken juices run clear, and you get a reading of 170°F on an instant-read thermometer, pull that gorgeous crispy chicken out of the pan! It’s done. 

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Pan-Fried, Boneless, Skinless Crispy Chicken Thighs

Serves 6

Ingredients

3 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
¼ cup olive oil
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Method

  1. Use a paper towel to pat chicken dry and season generously with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet, set over high heat until oil begins to smoke.
  3. Working in batches add chicken to skillet without crowding. Cook chicken on one side without turning for 5 minutes. This step will help ensure your chicken gets extra crispy.
  4. Flip chicken over and reduce heat to medium low. Continue cooking until chicken is cooked through with an internal temperature of 170°F.